17285Re: [mythsoc] Re: Fastitocalon
- Dec 1, 2006Hi,
It is just this kind of thing in a documentary/biography film (with
the right actors) on Tolkien that would be in order, I think.
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On 11/30/06, "Beregond. Anders Stenström" <beregond@...> wrote:
> Larry Swain wrote:
> >>In closing, I should say that I had wanted to find out why Tolkien took Fastitlocan for a tortoise rather than whale, but was unable to trace anything linguistically...not that I put that much effort into it.
> Tolkien's _Letters_, number 255, says that "Fastitocalon" in the
> Anglo-Saxon bestiary seems to be a corruption of _Aspido-chelone_
> (with a macron on the second "o"), which he translates "turtle with
> a round shield (of hide)".
> For what it's worth, I can mention that when I visited Oxford
> University's Museum of Natural History some years ago, practically
> the first thing facing one inside the entrance was a giant turtle.
> I do not know if it was there in Tolkien's time, but it looked as
> if it might have been.
> Chivalrous greetings,
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